Alice Guo kicked out as an NPC member

Bamban, the mayor of Tarlac Alice Guo on May 7, 2024.

MANILA, Philippines — Suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo has been removed from the list of the Nationalist People’s Coalition over her alleged ties to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO), the former president said yesterday of the Senate and president of the APN, Vicente Sotto III.

Guo is subject to a preventive suspension ordered by the ombudsman over complaints of corruption and skilled human trafficking, linking her to the conspiracy to commit labor trafficking of approximately 500 foreign workers from POGO, he noted.

“The NPC will not tolerate any illegal acts or appearance of impropriety by its members that undermine the principles of our party,” Sotto said in a letter to Tarlac Governor Susan Yap, provincial chairwoman of the NPC .

Yap had already requested Guo’s removal from the NPC.

Guo won as an independent candidate in the 2022 elections, before joining the NPC, which recently entered into an alliance with President Marcos’ Partido Federal.

His suspension followed a corruption complaint filed by the Ministry of Interior and Local Government, Sotto recalled.

A case classified as human trafficking was also filed against Guo by the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the Presidential Commission on Combating Organized Crime, he added.

“The mystery of his citizenship has further obscured his qualifications to be a member of our party,” Yap said.

“If the evidence presented that Mayor Guo is ‘Guo Hua Ping’ proves to be true, then it would appear that there was deception on her part when she ran for office,” he said. -she adds.

Meanwhile, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian supported the NPC’s decision to expel Guo.

“As a member of the NPC Advisory Council, I fully support his expulsion from the party. It would be very difficult for party members to govern with integrity and probity if we cannot discipline our own ranks,” he said.

Gatchalian and Senator Risa Hontiveros investigated POGOs in Tarlac, which served as a front for crimes such as human trafficking.